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  • Writer's pictureFaruk Kara

Capturing Pembrokeshire Surfing: Inspiring Photos

Updated: Nov 21, 2023

A family holiday to Manorbier on the Pembrokeshire coast gave me another opportunity to get the large lens out and practice technique for another sport. I had hopes of capturing some Pembrokeshire surfing photos and with a couple of storms passing through, the chances were good. However, trips to Freshwater West and Tenby found no surfers. With time running out, a family trip to Manorbier Castle led to my daughter spotting about twenty surfers out of one of the castle windows.


I never surfed - I would have loved to give it a try - but I was a very keen skateboarder. Before you scoff, don't forget that skateboarding was invented by surfers who wanted something to do when the surf was poor. Anyway, the point I'm trying to make here is it helps in photography when photographing a sport to understand some of the nuances and how the body should be responding.


Monochrome of man on surfboard riding crest of wave as it starts to break. Cliffs are visible in the background.
White Water Surfing
Monochrome of man on surfboard starting to stand up as he begins riding crest of wave.
Emerging
Colour photo of surfer crouching in wet suit out riding a wave as it is breaking behind him. The board is cutting through the water creating a spray. The image has a sense of movement.as
Carving
Colour photo of surfer crouching in wet suit kick turning on the crest of  a wave. The manoeuvre is creating an elegant spout of water kicked up by the turn. The image has a sense of movement.
The Cutback I
Colour photo of paddle boarder surfing. He is riding a wave before it breaks. He is using the paddle to balance. The board is cutting through the water creating a spray. The image has a sense of movement.
Paddle Board Carve I
Monochrome photo of surfer crouching in wet suit kick turning on the crest of  a wave. The manoeuvre is creating an elegant spout of water kicked up by the turn. The image has a sense of movement.
The Cutback II
Monochrome photo of surfer crouching in wet suit out riding a wave. The board is cutting through the water creating a spray. The image has a sense of movement.
Carving II
Colour photo of surfer crouching in wet suit kick turning on the crest of  a wave. He is parallel to the wave. The manoeuvre is creating an elegant spray of water kicked up by the turn. The image has a sense of movement.
Off The Lip I
Colour photo of surfer crouching in wet suit kick turning on the crest of  a wave. He is parallel to the wave riding along the lip of it using his hand to touch the downside.. The manoeuvre is creating an elegant spray of water kicked up by the turn. The image has a sense of movement.
Off The Lip II

Colour photo of paddle boarder surfing. He is riding a wave as it breaks. He is using the paddle to balance and manoeuvre . The board is cutting through the water creating a spray. The image has a sense of movement.
Paddle Board Carving II












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